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Lady’s Steps of Hopes Part IV: The Actual Condition of Lady’s Feet

Elephant feet are nuanced and complicated and still a leading cause of death for captive elephants. Lady’s feet aren’t just uncomfortable or an inconvenience, they have defined part of her life. As much as we would like to go in and ‘fix’ everything, we can’t do that safely. Now that…...

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A Habitat Expansion for Alma (And a Few of Her Friends, Too)

Alma, our lovely blind resident tapir, recently received a habitat expansion. We do wildlife rehab & release when there is a local need. In 2018 Alma arrived, and, while she arrived intending to be released, we immediately discovered she was mostly blind and later discovered she suffered from seizures. Those…...

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Some Days and Other Days

While Lady is busy blowing us all away, it’s been life as usual for Maia and Rana – some days they spend together, and some days they spend apart. Some days they are closer to the barn, and other days they are further away. They tend to spend more time…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hope Part III: Emotions

Lady is a strong elephant, both physically and emotionally. Her feet have been in terrible condition for a long time, yet she pushes through it. This is something we have seen in other elephants as well, but it always takes us back a bit. Through a lifetime of being in…...

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The Question of Love Part II: Maia

  To continue Tuesday’s post – Does Maia love us? Maia loves food (except for sunflower seeds ?). She also appreciates food. Her feelings towards humans are a little more complicated. When Maia first arrived at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil in 2016, she didn’t love or trust anyone. She had spent…...

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Lady’s Steps of Hope Part II: Trimming Her Front Feet

  FIRST HURDLE  CLEARED (HER BACK FEET).  ON TO HER FRONT FEET. The first tremendous hurdle had been cleared; Lady allowed us to begin working on her back feet. We got some substantial work done over the course of a week, so it was time to take the next step-…...

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